July 20, 1969 was a Sunday. This date is best known for being the day that U.S. astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins landed the lunar module, Eagle, on the surface of the moon.
The astronauts' mission to the moon began a few days prior to the Sunday during which Neil Armstrong's first steps on the moon occurred. His steps were broadcast to television sets around the globe. Apollo 11 launched from Kennedy Space Center on Wednesday, July 16, 1969. The mission to the moon ended a few days later when the crew splashed down near Hawaii on Thursday, July 24.